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“The children still cannot read.” How I became convinced that curriculum is an equity issue.

“The children still cannot read.” How I became convinced that curriculum is an equity issue.

At the 2019 Education Writers Association National Conferece, Freeman Hrabowski, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County said that taking down Confederate monuments, and renaming dorms is “great.” He said it in such a way though that implied a “but” was coming.  And it did.  Symbolic gestures are “great” he explained, but they are aren’t…

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What we talk about when we talk about safety and discipline.

What we talk about when we talk about safety and discipline.

When I first started reporting on school discipline, I thought there was near consensus on the need to move toward restorative practices. Just like there’s near consensus that you shouldn’t scream at your kids.  Restorative practices seek to move kids toward the behavior you want, with less emphasis on the behaviors being left behind. At…

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Like any smart person with a messy closet, SAISD is getting help from organizers.

Like any smart person with a messy closet, SAISD is getting help from organizers.

San Antonio ISD may have just found the cure to what ails it. The district announced a partnership with SA Rise to lead efforts in restorative justice and diverse cultural curriculum, especially in celebration of immigrant communities. These issues have been near the core of SA Rise’s efforts for most of its two year organizing…

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On mobile apps and equity

On mobile apps and equity

A couple of weeks ago, Inga Cotton, aka San Antonio Charter Moms, launched a new app. It’s a school choice tool, listing all of the open enrollment programs in San Antonio—charter and district options.  There’s a ton to say about this app. One could comment on female-led app development. Or the fact that it’s the…

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SAISD approves new generation of autonomous schools

SAISD approves new generation of autonomous schools

At tonight’s meeting the San Antonio ISD board of trustees unanimously approved management agreements for 18 district schools, and new in-district charter applications for 13 schools. Nineteen schools total were a part of SAISD’s newest generation of autonomous schools. The applications go to the Texas Education Agency on April 1. The charter applications are the…

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It’s here! Everybody has a take on the TX House’s School Finance Bill.

It’s here! Everybody has a take on the TX House’s School Finance Bill.

It’s here! It’s here! No, not the phone book. The Texas House’s bill, “The Texas Plan” to overhaul the State’s love-to-hate school finance system. Now, every public school advocate will tell you, “this is a start.” But it’s also the best start Texas has seen in decades, and before horse-trading with the ultra-conservative Texas Senate…

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The McNeels Chose a School

The McNeels Chose a School

Feb 19 was a dramatic day in San Antonio ISD. Offers went out. Parents groaned and cheered. A ”now what…” for families waitlisted at their first choice and accepted at their third choice.  Here’s how it went for us with Moira, our will-be kindergartener and Asa, our will-be PreK-3: Moira had already been waitlisted at…

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